Experts make case for swine flu jabs

Leading immunisation experts have stressed the importance of the forthcoming swine flu vaccination campaign, amid concerns that GPs and patients will refuse the jab.

Last month, a GP newspaper survey found that nearly 60% of GPs would choose not to be vaccinated.

Of those planning to refuse, 71% feared the vaccine had not been tested enough to guarantee safety.

But experts told a media briefing in central London this week that the vaccine was safe having gone through a number of trials, and that many lives would be saved through the vaccination programme.

Professor Robert Dingwall, from the University of Nottingham, said: ‘The CMO investigation has shown that 50% of deaths from swine flu have occurred in the at-risk groups who will be vaccinated.

‘A vaccination programme does not pose the problem of creating resistance which excessive antiviral use could produce.'

He added that cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome were a rare complication more likely to be caused by the influenza virus itself than the actual flu vaccine.

Editor's blog: Do GPs and nurses have a responsibility to get swine flu jabs?

 

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Under 40s to be offered alternative to AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Under 40s to be offered alternative to AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Patients aged 30-39 will be offered an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19...

GPs per patient down 10% in just five years, NHS data reveal

GPs per patient down 10% in just five years, NHS data reveal

The number of fully-qualified, full-time equivalent (FTE) GPs per patient in England...

Supportive model must replace harmful CQC inspections, BMA chair warns

Supportive model must replace harmful CQC inspections, BMA chair warns

CQC inspections that ‘divert time away from patient care’ and ‘instil fear’ among...

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

GPs across the UK are playing a leading role in the largest-ever NHS vaccination...

A 'tsunami' of work is drowning general practice: GPs speak out about a profession at its limit

A 'tsunami' of work is drowning general practice: GPs speak out about a profession at its limit

Rocketing workloads created by huge backlogs of cases and continuing COVID-19 disruption...

Slight increase in GP workforce during past year, but number of partners continues to fall

Slight increase in GP workforce during past year, but number of partners continues to fall

The GP workforce grew by 0.4% in the year to March 2021, but the number of GP partners...